This Christmas, are you feeling more frazzled than festive?
Here in the One4all HQ, we love Christmas, but we understand it can be a hard season for many with the mounting tasks, high expectations and enormous costs.
But, don’t panic, we have compiled some simple tips that will help get you back on the path to Christmas Zen.
Lower your expectations:
If you’re scrolling through your Instagram feed and envy the Kardashian’s ‘perfect’ Kristmas with their over-the-top floral displays and kolour ko-cordinated outfits, stop.
Christmas doesn’t have to be ‘perfect’ (what is perfect anyway?), it’s a season for spending time with your nearest and dearest and eating your weight in mince pies, Celebrations and roast potatoes.
So, this Christmas, focus less on making sure you have a Jamie Oliver Christmas dinner in a ‘Room to Improve’ made over home and more on enjoying the wonderful simple things like watching The Father Ted Christmas special and laughing at terrible cracker jokes.
Don’t go to everything:
We’ve all done it. Over-committed ourselves in the run up to Christmas only to arrive at the big day sick, tired and broke.
This year, learn to say no! You don’t need to see everyone you know for boozy catch ups in the month of December. There’s plenty of time in January to meet for brunch and dish all the festive goss!
This Christmas do what you actually want, not what you feel duty-bound to do.
Map out the shops:
Shopping – an enjoyable weekend ritual that becomes your worst nightmare at Christmas.
This year, to avoid the hustle and bustle of a chock-a-block shopping centre, log on to the website and download a map and directory of shops.
Before you go, plot your path and make a list of potential stops.
Be the Christmas boss:
Bosses are the masters of delegating. They understand that to ensure the smooth running of a business, they need to hand over the responsibility of certain areas to others.
You can do that too. There’s so many of us that think ‘I have to do everything because no-one else does it right’. Well, believe or not, you’re not the only one who’s good at slicing the turkey.
This Christmas, shake things up. Do up a list of everything that needs to be done, take one task for yourself and divide the rest among your family and friends. You do the turkey, the bread sauce goes to Louise, the vegetables are sliced/diced by Sam, and Rachel oversees the gravy. Christmas dinner prep has never been so easy!
Don’t shop till you drop:
Every year, we put pressure on ourselves to get the people in our lives the best Christmas gift (and by best, we mean the most expensive).
We’ve all heard the saying that ‘it’s the thought that counts’ so why are you forking out a small fortune on a makeup collection you know your sister will probably never use?
The best presents are the ones where someone really considered their loved one’s interests. This Christmas, pay attention and gift something you know they’ll love for reasons other than the price tag.